Pressure increases over longer days in Chicago schools

09/18/2011 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Education and union officials in Chicago are continuing their standoff over longer school days for students, with both sides accusing the other of aiming to sway teachers' opinions on the matter. Schools chief Jean-Claude Brizard sent an e-mail to teachers and staff urging them to report any instances of pressure or intimidation. Brizard and Mayor Rahm Emanuel are offering financial incentives to teachers and schools that adopt longer school days -- bypassing the teachers' union, which has filed a labor complaint with the state.

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